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Four Directions Summer Research Program

Are you a college student with an interest in Medicine, Public Health, or Biomedical Science? Would you like to visit Boston in the summer and work with leading doctors at Harvard Medical School? Do you want to gain new skills, and knowledge that can be used to help yourself, your community, and future generations of Native peoples? Find out if you are eligible to apply for the Four Directions Summer Research Program, held from June 9 – August 7, 2014 in Boston, MA.

Students will complete an 8-week research project under the direction of a Harvard Medical School faculty mentor. Additional activities include clinical shadowing, and weekly career development seminars and talking circles. Read more about The Program.

Application Deadline: February 17, 2014 by 11pm EST.

Research Opportunity: Human immune response to viral infections

Con­tact Name: David Koelle

Con­tact Email: viralimm[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Medicine


Our lab studies the immune response to several viruses that infect humans including herpes simplex types 1 and 2, the chicken pox virus, and a cancer virus also. We are interested in vaccine development, figuring out why some people get severe disease, and also technology development in decoding the immune response at the cellular and molecular level.  We work primarily with T-cells rather than antibodies. The spectrum of modern molecular and cellular research methods such as cloning, sequencing, gene expression, flow cytometry, etc. are used; our lab is generally at the BSL-2 safety level as human samples and infectious pathogens are in use.  There are about 9 people including one undergrad in the lab now. The PI is a medical doctor.  We are interested in cultivating 1-2 undergrads who might possibly be interested in staying on 1-2 years as research technologists after graduation should everything work out. But someone headed straight to further schooling is fine too. Projects would likely involve molecular cloning as this has schedule-friendly workflows. We are located at South Lake Union, with a free shuttle every 20 min to UW. Grades, math skills, work ethic important.


Senior, Junior or super Sophomore.  Organic lab.  Usual computer skills with programming a plus.  Decent grades. Interest in microbiology and immunology.  Some micro or immunology coursework a plus. Familiarity with bioinformatics or next-generation DNA sequencing would be a real plus; interest in taking coursework relevant to this area during the time period of the undergrad experience would be a good fit.  Students with a real interest in investigative medicine rather than “checking off the research box” for professional school entry are preferred although I certainly realize this is not black and white.

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Research Opportunity: Neurobiology of Drug Addiction

Con­tact Name: Dr. C Chavkin

Con­tact Email: cchavkin[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Pharmacology


The lab is funded to study how stress increases the risk of drug addiction at the cellular, molecular and behavioral levels.  We use western blots, cell culture, simple mouse behavioral approaches.

We have opportunities for responsible and advanced undergraduates to learn research techniques by assisting a graduate student and a post doctoral fellow in their research. These are volunteer projects.

We also have a paid lab assistant (hourly) job for someone interested in helping us care for mice and do PCR genotyping.


  • Biochemistry
  • Science GPA >3.4
  • Willingness to commit to working >10hrs/wk and for at least 2 quarters (hopefully 4)

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Research Opportunity: Effect of Antiplatelet Therapy on Emergency Neurosurgery Outcomes

Con­tact Name: Alex Lee

Con­tact Email: leeat[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: UW Medicine, Anesthesiology


We are a team of UW anesthesiologists performing a retrospective medical chart review to study whether aspirin taken preoperatively as a chronic medication causes any adverse impact in terms of outcome after emergency neurosurgical procedures. We are looking for a student who is willing to review electronic medical records and enter data on blood loss, medical history and outcomes during hospitalization into a spreadsheet. The project also comes with the opportunity to help write and become one of the secondary authors of a research paper for eventual publication.


Interest in medicine is a must, and prior experience with volunteering/working in a hospital would be helpful. Mostly, we need someone conscientious and diligent who can do a careful job with chart review.

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Research Opportunity: Studies of variation in blood groups and coagulaion

Con­tact Name: Jill Johnsen

Con­tact Email: jjohnsen[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Med­i­c­i­ne


The Johnsen laboratory studies the role of variation of clotting factors, blood groups, and blood cell traits in disease, and the biological impact of differences between these factors in terms of bleeding diseases, blood clotting, pregnancy complications, and susceptibility to infection.

The work in Dr. Johnsen’s lab has significance in blood clotting disorders that are inherited, such as von Willebrand disease and familial platelet disorders, and acquired blood-related diseases, including pregnancy-related vascular complications.

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A strong interest in exploring a career in research in the biological/biomedical sciences, completion of 2 years of undergraduate coursework in a relevant major and at least one laboratory course in the life sciences or chemistry.

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Research Opportunity: Brain Imaging Biomarkers of Neurodegeneration and Injury

Con­tact Name: Donna Cross

Con­tact Email: dcross[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Radiology


My lab uses brain imaging modalities such as MRI and PET to investigate neurodegenerative processes and the physiological consequence of brain injury in animal models as well as human subjects. We currently have several projects in these areas that might be suitable for undergraduate research. Potential student benefits include technical skills and knowledge of imaging sciences.


Student applicants should be comfortable with analytical computing environments. Background and/or interests in basic statistics, computer programming, animal behavioral research and tissue processing would be beneficial. 10-15 hours/week commitment

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Research Opportunity: Research in Drug Metabolism and Toxicity

Con­tact Name: Rheem Totah

Con­tact Email: rtotah[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Medicinal Chemistry


Students will have a chance to engage in research in drug metabolism and drug toxicity involving cytochrome P450 enzymes.  Several projects are available depending on student interest to investigate the biochemical properties of CYP2J2 and CYP2C8.


Complete two courses in chemistry and one biochemistry

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Summer Research Opportunities at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University highly values student research which provides opportunities for active learning, practical experience and training. Below is a list of summer research opportunities for undergraduate and medical students offered by the University, School of Medicine or in the Cleveland area.

Undergraduate Research

  • School of Medicine Summer Medical Dental Education Program, June-July
    A rigorous six-week program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for pre-medical and pre-dental students with classes in the basic sciences and direct observations with a physician in a healthcare setting. Open to freshmen or sophomores who are U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident visas, belong to a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine or dentistry, or comes from a disadvantaged background, and demonstrates an interest in issues affecting underserved populations. Stipend $600 plus housing and meals. Application Deadline: March 1, 2014
  • Academic Careers in Engineering and Science for Minority Students, May-July
    A 10-week, biomedical research program for minority undergraduate students in science and engineering. Stipend $3,500 and support for meals, housing, travel and supplies. Application Deadline: February 15, 2014
  • Heart, Lung and Blood Minority Research Training Program, May-July
    An 8-10 week program for minority, low-income, or disabled undergraduate and medical students in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematological or sleep disorders research, with a weekly seminar series and poster session. Stipend $1,750 per month, plus support for housing and travel. Application Deadline for Undergraduates: February 15, 2014 Application Deadline for Medical Students: March 1, 2014
  • MetroHealth Chester Scholars Program, June-August
    A 10-week program in clinical or laboratory research settings at MetroHealth Medical Center that includes observation of surgery and hospital rounds. Open to 15 students who have completed their second year of undergraduate studies in the sciences, and who is either an Ohio resident or attends an Ohio university. Stipend $2,500. Application Deadline: February 14, 2014
  • Minority HIV Research Training Program, June-July
    An eight-week program where students work side-by-side with a Center for AIDS Research faculty member on various projects. Open to undergraduate, graduate or medical students enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university. Stipend $3,500. Application Deadline: February 7, 2014
  • Pediatrics Program in Summer Research, June-August
    A 10-week program in biomedical and psychosocial research relating to pediatric disorders supported by the Department of Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Case Western Reserve University. Open to undergraduates who have completed the first year of study from any U.S. college or university. Stipend $3,000. Application Deadline: February 21, 2014
  • Summer on the Cuyahoga Internships, May-July
    A 10-week internship in professional, health, civic and social topics in the Cleveland area. Open to students from Case Western Reserve University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Smith College, Denison University, University of Chicago and Yale University. Paid internships.
  • Undergraduate Research Program in Physiology and Biophysics, June-July
    An eight-week program offered by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics where students obtain first-hand research experience in a state-of-the-art research environment. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors from any American university. Stipend $3,500. Application Deadline: March 31, 2014
  • Undergraduate Research in Pharmacology, May-August
    A 10-week, hands-on research program in molecular pharmacology offered through Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Pharmacology, and funded by the American Society for Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-sponsored Summer Program in Undergraduate Research. Open to sophomores and juniors who have strong academic records and have completed at least one laboratory course prior to application. Stipend $3,000 plus lodging, travel funds and food allowance. Application Deadline: January 31, 2014
  • Undergraduate Research, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
    Various opportunities for juniors and seniors to gain hands-on experience in laboratory techniques and to explore careers in biomedical research.
  • Undergraduate Research, Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine, July-August
    A seven-week program including state-of-the-art lectures, cutting edge bench research, and opportunities to write scientific research articles for publication in medical journals. The focus of this internship is on human infertility and reproductive medicine research with world-renowned scientists from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine. Open to medical or undergraduate students interested in a medical career. Application Deadline: March 1, 2014
  • The Cleveland Foundation Summer Internships Program
    Since 1999, the Cleveland Foundation has conducted a summer internship program that provides undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates an opportunity to work for 11 weeks in Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. Application Deadline: February 14, 2014
  • The NASA Glenn Research Center Research Internships
    The Lewis’ Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Project at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio consists of internships for High School Students, College Students, and Secondary School Teachers. Application Deadline: 2014 TBA
  • Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), July (a year long program)
    The Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) provides an outstanding environment for students who feel additional preparation in research is needed. PREP Scholars enjoy mentored research experience, graduate courses, GRE workshops, and a variety of venues to interact with and learn from some of the best researchers in the world. Application Deadline: March 31, 2014
  • Additionally, students may find research opporutunites through the Case Western Reserve University Office of Undergraduate Studies, off campus, through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, through the National Science Foundation, and in Cleveland.

Research Opportunity: Oxidative stress in kidney injury and fibrosis

Con­tact Name: Daryl Okamura, MD

Con­tact Email: daryl.okamura[at]seattlechildrens.org

Depart­ment: Pediatric Nephrology


My lab has ongoing research projects in disease model research of kidney injury and fibrosis.  Our lab focuses on the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in the progression or recovery from kidney injury.  We use a combination of in vitro studies with in vivo disease models of human kidney disease in mice.  Students will be able to learn molecular biology techniques such as PCR, and various approaches to tissue analysis of injury such as immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy.


Coursework in Molecular Biology and related subjects. Strong interest in gaining laboratory research experience and able to commit at least 8 hours a week. Preference will be given to students willing to dedicate two or more years to working on a project.

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